Ahmedabad, June 14, 2017: The ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Gujarat left red-faced on Tuesday when about 12,000 school bags with the image of former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav were distributed in state government schools.
The incident was reported in tribal dominated Chhota Udepur district where every year, the state government distributes educational kits, including bags, as part of its initiative ‘Shala Pravesh Utsav’, to increase enrollment of students from socially and economically poor background to the schools.
This year too, bags distributed by Zila Panchayat officials of Chotta Udepur carried a sticker with a logo of Panchayat. However, some teachers at a school in Vasedi village were surprised after seeing that on peeling the sticker on the top, another sticker with the picture of smiling Akhilesh with slogan Khoob Padhao, Khoob badhao, revealed itself from beneath.
The education department has now ordered an inquiry into how these bags landed up in Gujarat.
Last year, the Samajwadi government had sanctioned about 1.8 crore school bags for students, but the process was stopped midway after the announcement of Assembly polls.
The BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath which succeeded him, allowed the distribution of the school bags with Akhilesh Yadav’s image as he was against wasting public money. Also, he wanted the bags to reach the students on time for the new session, which began in April.